Sorry, I know we’re in the middle of posts on marriage right now, but I just had to interrupt and ask you for some prayer support, again!
Today, I’m flying with my precious friend, Paula Hendricks, to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where we plan to share the Word with anyone who will listen. We’ll be sharing with students, moms, various churches, women’s groups, and teachers.
Pray that we’ll be sensitive to how God wants us to serve the hurting and spread the gospel.
A missionary couple is hosting us, and the believers there are so excited that God is sending us at this particular time. They are almost finished translating TW 101 into Portuguese and they see this visit as God’s sovereign and gracious timing. They’ve shared with us that women in Sao Paulo are hungry and there is a huge need for solid teaching and good resources on biblical womanhood.
If I’m able to send some updates, I will, but I’m not sure how the Internet will be where we’re staying. Even if I can’t connect, the website administrator (love you, Molly Sipling!) will be faithfully uploading blog posts that I’ve prepared for you in advance of this trip.
Here are a few things you can be praying for:
Travel Mercy: And I mean MERCY. Pray that we make all of our connections and ask God to cover us with His protection as we navigate in a foreign country, Ask God to give us spiritual sensitivity to those around us while we travel.
Physical Protection: Both of us are not known as the most healthy of gals : ) I have celiac disease and Paula had a nasty hospital stay last year that was quite scary. Ask God to protect our bodies, the food we eat, our ability to rest, and pray for our physical safety. We also received word that it is a good possibility that we’ll be exposed to mosquitoes that carry “Dengue Fever.” The missionary who is hosting us was very ill with it in March.
Would you pray that the mosquitoes are NOT interested in our American flesh?
Paula and I would really like to bypass that sickness (also called “break bone fever” because of the intense pain), but if in His sovereign plan, He thinks it best that we suffer physically in some way while we’re there, pray that we’ll be gracious and give glory to God in the midst of it.
Spiritual Protection: Whenever you’re serious about spreading the good news about Jesus, you can be sure you’re not doing it in a vacuum—you’re in a spiritual battle. Please intercede for spiritual protection for us, as well as for those we’ll be sharing with.
Translators: I’ve spoken through translators in other countries, but I’ve never been to Brazil, so this will be a first for me. Please pray that when we speak through translators, that we will work as one unit, unified by the Spirit, and communicating effectively together.
Spiritual Anointing: Ask God to go before us in opening the eyes of the spiritually blind, by preparing hearts to receive His Word. Pray that God will take His Word and use it to set captives free. Ask the Father to rescue souls from the domain of darkness and transfer them to His beloved Son’s kingdom.
Okay, interruption over, we’ll return to marriage posts tomorrow!
Will you join me in praying?
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